A secret memo has shown that Geri Halliwell could have been sacked from the Spice Girls at the beginning of the group’s career. In the top secret memo, which has been unearthed by Sean Smith in his new book Spice Girls, it’s been revealed that the band’s first manager Bob Herbert even had a replacement lined up for Geri, because he feared she would turn Victoria, Mel B, Mel C and Emma against management.
According to The Sun, he said, ‘We included Geri because she had a very strong personality and her looks seemed to suit the image we were trying to project.’
He added, ‘Unfortunately she was tone deaf and had awful timing, which meant she was unable to sing in tune or dance in time.’
The paper also reports how Geri originally got into the band by bombarding Bob’s son, Chris, with phone calls, as she didn’t attend the original open auditions in March 1994. (It’s said that not even Chris knew about his father’s memo.)
‘It didn’t dawn on me at the time but I think she obviously knew she would have failed an early round audition and she wanted to bypass that,’ Chris later said. But, at the time, he agreed that she could turn up to the callback with a dozen other girls who had already been shortlisted.
Geri's replacement was never revealed, as Bob sadly died in a car crash in 1999.
Grazia Daily has reached out to Geri's reps for comment.
Earlier this month, it was reported that there weren't going to be any further tour dates for the girls, due to clash between Mel B and Geri. A source told The Sun, 'Mel is a real character and has long clashed with Geri, who decided it wasn’t worth carrying on as things could really become explosive.'